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  1. American University of Armenia WEB APPLICATION MODEL FOR VISUAL SOFTWARE CIRCUIT BOARD&PROTOTYPE OF E-COMMERCE APPLICATION FOR VSCB College of Engineering Computer and Information Science Department Date: 22 September 2003

  2. The project is aimed: • To facilitate an intuitive way of designing interactive web applications via visually drawing flow of screens using VSCB • To demonstrate flexibility of Visual Component Based Development with VSCB • To prove the efficiency of the VSCB approach for design and development of the interactive applications • To develop a prototype e-commerce web application using VSCB. • To enhance the VSCB development platform with appropriate parts and tools.

  3. Acronyms • VSCB – Visual Software Circuit Board • URL – Unified Resource Locator • MVC – Model View Controller • XML - Extensible Markup Language • GUI – Graphical User Interface

  4. Visual Software Circuit Board Background • Integrated environment for visual engineering of software projects • Uses component-based and hierarchical approaches to assemble software systems • Based on concepts of Parts, Devices and Wires. • Allows visual simulation and analyses of software systems http://www.opensourcearmenia.com/Projects/VCB/

  5. Part, Device and Connector are VSCB main elements • Part – is a software component, which consumes, produces or transforms data • Device – is configuration of Parts and/or other Devices, which shows topological layout where Parts and Devices are connected to each other via links • Wire - enable anonymous collaboration among parts

  6. VSCB supports intuitive design Presenting simple web application as sequence of pages • High level view • Clear Architecture • Clear responsibilities

  7. VSCB web model support flow design • Parts on the VSCB highest abstract diagram are screens • Screens are devices because they are composed from other parts. • Screens contains Model, View and Controller Parts • VSCB diagram controls the flow • It allows usage of best practices in UI development Page1 Page 2 In this approach we need two interdependent components – SessionStart and SessionStep

  8. VSCB makes easy to control the state and flow page1 page1 page1 page1 page1 page3 page3 • At every moment user is at the certain state and VSCB move him/her from one state to another depending on his/her input and other conditions (say time or user privileges etc.). • VSCB diagramwill always get request in one place and will decide the next page using VSCB links and not URLs. start start page2 page2 page2

  9. VSCB allows intuitive design by drawing a flow of screens • VSCB allows make use of this approach by representing flow of screens as parts and connections • On high level diagram it shows screens as VSCB parts

  10. VSCB provides intuitive MVC pattern view • Allows visualization of the pattern • Facilitate natural way of thinking • Improves product architecture

  11. VSCB hides the complexities of flow control VSCB users don’t see Servlet in VSCB configuration

  12. VSCB allows bottom up and top down design • Allows top down and bottom up approaches • Allows hierarchical composition • Hides complexities of implementation • Provides user friendly diagrams on multiple levels of abstraction.

  13. VSCB increase reusability of components • Most of solutions require only reuse of existing parts • Applications can be developed visually using drag-and-drop of parts from existed libraries • If there is enough parts applications can be created visually without coding View device expanded

  14. VSCB increase flexibility of application engineering Standard Controller device • Extended – adding standard Filter parts from Library • Configured – using connectors (links) & setting part’s properties • Easy re-configurable • Easy extensible • Increase productivity • Assembly line approach • Reduce the required level of expertise • Increase speed of development Expanded controller device In the controller device we configure logic of dispatching sequence of pages using Controller part and standard Filter/s parts

  15. VSCB contains tools for simulation and testing • Runtime application management • pins can be fired at runtime • events processing can be halted &/or resumed halfway • allows step-by-step execution e-shop configuration

  16. VSCB allows runtime event tracking e-shop configuration • Track runtime information of all loaded parts and devices • Nested parts’ events also are tracked Track events when user enters URL in the browser

  17. E-shop development proves efficiency of VSCB Nothing changed from user’s point of view

  18. VSCB provides runtime configuration management e-shop configuration • links on the diagram control the real flow of screens, not the html presentation • properties can be changed runtime

  19. Result of not linked outpin in browser User cant access resource directly by URL

  20. VSCB makes debugging easy e-shop configuration Result of not linked outpin in VSCB Test View • easy way of problem revealing • simple recovering mechanism

  21. Result in browser after recovering link with products device Changes at server-side are transparent for user

  22. Flexibility + Extensibility Imagine that if we have some login web page which does authentication and we put this login page between “default” and “products” pages we would automatically guarantee secure access to the products page.This flexibility of changing flow of web pages, adding new ones or removing old ones is one of the basic benefits of VSCB.

  23. Future enhancement • Concurrent user access mode • For asynchronous access the notion of multi-layered chipsets design approach will be used

  24. Conclusion • Screens on top-level diagram are implementation independent • Flexibility of changing flow of web pages, adding new ones, removing old ones and re-wiring (re-connecting) the exited ones • Links of configuration diagram control the real flow of screens, not the html presentation • Connections can be reconfigured without affecting the pages themselves • Separation of content, presentation and control • Improving productivity via part reuse • Making the application logic visible

  25. References • Visual Software Circuit Board (VSCB) - • http://www.opensourcearmenia.com/Projects/VCB/ • http://sourceforge.net/projects/vcb • Dr. Hovhannes Avoyan • Dr. Jack Harich Student: Artavazd Mehrabyan Supervisor: Dr. Hovhannes Avoyan